Praise and thanks God that Gary resumed street outreach today at Sunnybank by himself. I was not aware of his decision to go out there again. So I can only join him next week with or without mask. He reported "Back to an old fishing hole again today for outreach. Pray that those who heard the gospel way of salvation see and comprehend it. He (Jesus) lay aside his Glory - a gift for all."
Anyway, both the Chinese Churches in the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast have decided to resume outreach respectively tomorrow at Southport in the vicinity of Australia Fair 1300 to 1430 and at Mooloolaba near the Surf Club at 1030 - 1200 on Friday.
May the Spirit of God be with His faithful servants enclothing them with the glory and protection of God in the form of the full armour of God.
Praise and Thanks God to give Winnie the apostolic passion in her heart that she volunteered to come on Wednesday to do the Toowong ministry that uses to be done on Tuesday. She developed sudden tummy pain and starting to vomit as such she had to cancel coming up to do street evangelism with me yesterday. Today, she was feeling OK so she asked to come to team up with me to do the Toowong outreach we missed out yesterday. It was a normal day with successful chat much more that a few rejections. Recap below are the battle log of Hung and Winnie.
A) Battle Log of Hung
1) Justin a local Aussie who claimed himself an atheist. I expressed my view to respect his stand and not to argue if there is God or not but to discuss the “Good Person Test” as a common concept. Yet I skilfully make Justin to accept that everything on this earth must have a maker. i.e., Building has a builder though unknown to us, a watch has a maker and likewise the Universe so grandeur and amazing must have a beginning as well as a creator. Justin could not find a logic to reject my inference and all along my sharing, he appeared very friendly and receptive to the message. He was happy to take a tract to read at home and ponder on the message I shared with him.
2) Oscar lives up North that needs 3hours drive. He was delightful for a chat, yet I could only manage to finish the nutshell of the gospel before the bus came quickly.
3) Daichi is a Japanese UQ student from Kyoto. He was surprised to get a Japanese tract from me with a Japanese greeting He also appeared very receptive to the gospel message and asked at the end what he needed to respond. I simply ask him to repent and receive Jesus as his Saviour.
4) Jerrod, an UQ student of Civil Engineering from Malaysian. He is of Buddhist background but was friendly to have a chat. Actually, he reminded me I had chatted with him before walking all the way back to his apartment nearby. I was able to persuade him that Buddhism is good like all other religion to guide people to be a good person but could not resolve the issue of sin. And Buddhism by the way is not a real region as there is no God head but just teaching to achieve self-perfection. He was moved to give it a go to make the step of faith to receive Jesus as his saviour.
5) Jackson is a local Aussie who has just graduated but still living in St Lucia looking for job. He cheerfully accepted the tract as the bus came too quick for any meaningful chat.
6) Emily is a first year UQ student from Cairn. She was very delightful to chat with me. It was a pity I could only manage to share the nutshell of the Gospel when the bus arrived.
7) The I caught up with a student from Hangzhou, Jei Jiang, Mainland China. I could associate with him as I visited his home city even before he was born in 1973. It was again a pity that there was no much time to continue with a chat as his bus came very quickly.
8 ) My last conversation was with two Malaysians one of whom is named Li. They were open for a chat about the gospel and both took the tract to read when the conversation again had to be cut short by the quick arriving bus.
Battle Log of Winnie :
感謝 神今天的带领，讓我平安 可以在 Toowong 傳講福音。
第二位 Wendy, 中國少女，基督徒，不明白救恩，我解释给她。
第三位 Bruce, 澳洲青年。曾经信主，後來有事發生，得不到 神的幫助，所以放弃信主。我與他倾談很久直到巴士到來。我説我們一生都是 神安排好的，你看祂沒有幫助你們，你知道背后有 神的美意嗎？你知道將來會發生甚麽事嗎？我講一見証给他。數年前911 事件，有一位信徒在出發前禱告祈求平安上到飛機，怎知中途車軚爆了，抱怨 神不聽他的禱告。換軚後，趕不到上飛機。後來他知道這飛機失事衝撞了大厦，全機覆沒。于是這信徒向 神認罪悔改，是 神救了他。當我想問他 神是否一定會拯救世人時，巴士到達，他趕着上巴士，聽不到他的回答。
第四位 Alex, 澳洲青年，聽完福音，願意去教會，尋求更多真理。我给他咭片 Power to Change.
第五位 Thomas, 中國青年，願意信靠主。我给他咭片 Power to Change.
第六位 Melisa, 澳洲少女，願信靠主。可惜巴士到達，不能够再倾談。
第七位 Danial, Korean 青年基督徒。解释救恩後，願意接受我给他的單張，傳福音给其他人。
第九位 Alan, 𤞏太青年人。他不信耶穌，他説以前曾經發生這麽多事，很多𤞏太人弃牲。我説是人的罪， 神已经弃牲獨生子耶穌來到世上，拯救世上的人，死後三天復活。我們只要認罪悔改，罪得赦免。聖靈會指示信靠祂的人，當行的路。三一神讓世上充滿愛，罪惡減少。如果世人全心，全意信靠 神，顺服 神。便世界和平，沒有戰爭。巴士到達，他趕着上巴士，不能再講。
願 神讓今天聽到福音的人，更加明白 神的心意，全然信靠，順服。感謝讚美主！
I’ve never felt more content. I have no ambition, except the glory of God.
I’d be happy to go to hell. Because I know that God would receive glory by justly punishing me for my wicked sins. But I know I’m not going to hell, because of God’s glorious mercy, Jesus, in paying my hell fine in full upon the cross.
I’m truly happy, being in the background. Anonymous. Telling people about who is important: Jesus. Until I die.
The proof that God exists, is that without God, this universe we are part of couldn’t exist. The proof that God exists, is that without God you can’t prove anything (I know it’s circular, but it still makes complete sense!). So, only God deserves any glory.
Apparently there are a few of you who actually read these reports. I’ve had queries on why I’ve stopped writing them. I’m allowed three hours a week to write these reports. And because they gave me a break from constantly talking to people I made the most of this writing time for my own selfish purpose: introvert time. So, now, there are two years worth of ‘three reports per week’ gathering virtual dust. But I’ve found a new outlet for my introvert time: Instagram and TikTok direct messages. Most of my weekly time now is spent sharing the gospel that way. Long may it last, but just whatever brings God the most glory. So that is the only reason I’ve stopped writing these reports. The team is as busy as ever.
We are still doing street outreach at regular times through the week. We are still having one to one gospel conversations with people online. And training is still occurring. All to the glory of God alone.
One recent street conversation: I was standing in the cold trying to get a conversation started, but no one was taking the bait. I was so cold, I was forced to cross the street to stand in the sun for a while! I was passing out tracts when a young Chinese couple went past. I said: “it comes with a question if you have a minute”. They stopped, and we fell into a gospel conversation. Part way through the conversation the guy mentioned that he had a Bible on his phone. I was curious as to why. He said, “Well, firstly, it was free”. But then he said that they were recently in a hotel down in Invercargill and they had found a Gideon’s Bible and had read a few pages. This had obviously interested him enough to want to read more. Praise God for that! But the couple didn’t yet understand the gospel. The idea of it being a gift was so foreign to their thinking, that I had to labour with them. I could see that the guy still had questions, but I could see a light of understanding come into the eye’s and face of the lady. She was very thankful. What a joy this conversation was! They took the tract, and they have a Bible. Oh that God would save them and knit them into His church, for his glory alone!
But the most stunning recent conversation was on Saturday. Online, part of the weekly training outreach, where we all pair up to listen to each other's gospel conversations and provide feedback. I was paired with Allie, from the USA. She went first, and was instantly (no skips!) into a conversation with a young man from Azerbaijan. I was stunned. Allie is a way better evangelist than I am. She was patient in listening carefully. She knew the right thing to say at the right time. She even anticipated questions and answered them before they were asked. Later he would ask the question and then realise that he already knew the answer! You could tell he was understanding the gospel clearly in the questions that he asked. It was such a joy to watch! There were four, count them, four things I learnt from listening to Allie to help me bring gospel clarity and focus in my future conversations. Sadly, after about thirty minutes of conversation, the young man became resistant and angry. And then Allie knew the time was right to back away and end the conversation - which ended on good terms and with him receiving a follow up link to needGod.net. When it was my turn to share the gospel, and have Allie listen for feedback, I was a blubbering mess, with performance anxiety! After three starts and multiple skips, I finally connected with a young man from the USA who responded with “I think about it all the time” in response to my question “what do you think happens after you die?”. I couldn’t have made the conversation harder for myself, mucking up over and over. And yet, in spite of that, the guy started professing faith. It seemed too easy, so I spent some time making sure he was counting the cost, and that he understood repentance. But, although there was no outward spark that I could see, he held to his profession, and so was given a way of getting in touch, and pointed to a Bible and a local church. He is in God’s hands. But I just praise God that He condescends to use us, as we are, in spite of our weakness, muck ups, and theological mistakes - for His glory. Long may we strive to improve - for His glory!
So, anyway, there won’t be as many reports from me from now on. Not saying never, just whatever brings God the most glory.
Please keep praying for the team and the work we are doing! Pray for labourers for the ripe harvest fields. All glory to God alone.
It’s been a busy year in many aspects, and since we haven’t had a chance to report on the Bribie outreaches since earlier this year, here’s an update on the last few months.
The team has been heading out 1-2 Saturdays a month to distribute Gospel tracts and literature, and we have been encouraged by a number of meaningful discussions. At each outreach, we have been blessed to have several Bibles taken, and we are thankful to see people valuing God’s Word. On outreach days where people were scarce by the Jetty, we letterboxed some local areas and spoke to anyone who was interested.
After one Asian family received tracts, they came back to ask why the Good Person card had not changed colour for them. Weren’t they good people? Would the card change colour for one of us? This provided a beautiful opportunity of explaining that none of us are good, no, not even one. All have sinned and have fallen short of God’s glory. Our only hope of heaven lies in trusting in the goodness of Jesus, and in His work on the cross. Only those who believe on Him can be saved. Pray for their understanding and their salvation.
Two teenagers, Patrick and Declan, were incredibly eager to hear the Gospel. They were extremely engaged, asking and answering questions, while their Christian mother looked on, nodding and smiling. Even after going through the good person test, they stayed to discuss the gospel further, and they took several booklets and a Bible. Praise God for their keen interest! May it be lasting and deep, driving them to Jesus.
A discussion arose between some of the team and three young men. It was an interesting example of the different types of people we encounter. One of the youngsters quickly zoned out and drifted to the car to wait for his friends. The second stood back and listened, attentive but silent, while the third, partly laughing and mocking and partly drawn by the Gospel, asked and responded to the questions. After they had heard the Gospel, they gratefully took tracts and rejoined their impatient friend. We pray that they would discuss what they heard with each other and that they would think deeply on it themselves. The Gospel has a mighty saving power.
A Japanese mother with her two primary aged children came to the flipchart. While she remained silent throughout, she permitted her children to hear the Gospel. Both children were interested and engaged, and although they did not come from a Christian home, they seemed to have an inherent belief in God, which was encouraging to see. When they took tracts at the end, they were also offered a Bible, but the mother refused. The older daughter desperately wanted to take it, and at last her mother said yes. Praise God for allowing His Word to enter their home!
Pray for Simon, a middle aged Englishman, who heard the Gospel. He was handed a tract, and before the two team members moved off, he engaged with them, asking what the leaflet was all about. This resulted in a deeper discussion of beliefs. As a father, Simon wanted to instill good morals in his children, and he thought he was doing a good job. He was sure he was a good dad and a good person, yet he was one of those people who enjoy a good debate without getting offended. So throughout the conversation, as the law and the Gospel were referred to, he was able to stay focused and responsive. In the end when he had to leave, he said he didn’t believe, but that he appreciated our chat anyway. He laughed and said that when we had first given him the tract, he had anticipated a very different discussion. He had assumed we were right-wing extremists, but he was grateful to have been able to hear what we had to say. We thank God for his open mind, but we pray too for an open heart and a receptiveness to the Gospel that he might be saved. Simon wants so much to be a good role model for his family, so we pray he might be the first of many in his family who turn to God in faith.
A group of children stopped to chat to one of the team, and it was strange to see how opposed to God they were, even at their young age. “Christians are evil people who hurt people,” they said, “and God must be bad to allow bad things to happen.” Despite this, they sat themselves down on the ground and asked to hear more. “I don’t believe in God,” one girl said, “but tell me more.” And so they were led through the Gospel, and some of their questions were answered. While they did not seem convinced, they had been receptive to listening, which we praise God for! The seed of the Word has entered their hearts, and by God’s grace, we pray for it to sprout into a beautiful faith. God is mighty to save.
A JP (Justice of the Peace) asked for a Bible for people to swear on, and she also promised to read it herself. It is good to see that many unbelievers, willingly or not, have respect for God’s Word.
A Christian family who had been searching for a church were directed to and joined a local church, which was a tremendous encouragement. It is good for believers to come together publicly for worship and fellowship, and great that the outreach could be a part of bringing Christians together for that. Praise God!
Please pray for Aiden, Mason, Amber, Lee and Miller, some teenagers who heard the Gospel.
Pray too for these children, Noah, Cain, Tristan, and little Savannah.
Some of the team also attended the Brisbane rally for life earlier in the year to take a stand for the protection of the innocent. We pray for a changing of people’s minds in regards to the heinous acts of abortion and euthenasia. God has created all human life as precious, sacred, and in His image, and we desperately want to see Queenlanders coming to understand the need to protect the young and old. The spread of the Gospel is the only way this can truly become a reality.
There were many others who connected with the team in some way or other, whether through tracts, letterboxing, witnessing, preaching, or through the Scriptures, and we ask for your prayers for their souls. Please pray for God’s blessing on each of the hundreds of tracts which have gone forth. May His Word not return unto Him void, but may it reap a tremendous soul harvest, turning hearts towards God, changing lives, and starting a revival, beginning right here at Bribie Island.
Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong on Tuesday July 20th, 2021 from 1330 to 1500
Praise and thanks God that our Street outreach ministry have been resumed today after three weeks of suspension because of first the locked down then the extension of the mask restriction rule to be ended this Friday 0600 hour. Three of us with Hung from Brisbane and Winnie & Hee Hee from the Gold Coast could not wait but still found the urge to restart earlier defying the mask restriction. We had past experience of doing outreach with mask on and the negative impact of outreach was close to none. Today all the three of us experienced special grace from God to have got many divine appointments with people either willingly or some with initial resistance. Case A3 & A5 with Hung and B2 with Hee Hee are typically the kind of initial rejection but turned around by God to end up as a fruit bearing conversation. Winnie and Hee Hee have shared their special encounter separately as quoted below as Part B and Part C.
A) As for Hung , recap below are the five conversations short or long yet none without the Plan and Will of God to let it happened: -
1) An old Aussie lady appeared very welcoming to our greeting. It was a pity that the bus simply arrived too quick that left us no room to get into the sharing of the gospel. It anyway was not a too bad start.
2) Jenny a local Aussie girl who appeared indifferent to my Gospel sharing. But I still managed to finish sharing the full gospel to her before the bus arrived.
3) Maggie an UQ student from northern Qld who showed initial reluctance to chat. But I identified with her by means of my outback experiences in NT , WA and North West Qld then she was all open for a chat. She obviously has been resisting the gospel for a long time but finished listening the nutshell of gospel this time before the bus arrived. She hurried away for the bus but surely this time with the tract and the seed of gospel left in her heart.
4) Allan an UQ student from Mainland China, who got off from the bus heading for the Toowong village but was stopped by me. He politely indicated that he got the tract and had a chat with our people before. I followed up on how he found the tract and the gospel message he learned from last conversation. He responded that the message was sound and sensible but he is not yet ready to make any major commitment to accept Jesus yet. I any how more or less revised the whole message stressing that it is his own right to ponder any time longer before a conviction comes form the Holy Spirit. But I suggested to him to approach and join Power to Change that they are a group of Christian students who are willing to answer more question if any from Allan. He left with a more positive attitude towards the need to respond to the Gospel any time sooner than later.
5) Allusa is an Indian PhD at UQ with specialty on Neuro Science. She was very proud of her academic achievement as well as her Family up bringing in Hinduism religious cultural background. She did not intend to stop for a long chat, but God made her had a sudden spraining of her ankle as such she had to stop to rest for a while. I made use of this golden opportunity to share her the full gospel. She found no loop hole in the logic of God’s redemptive plan through the sacrificial death of Jesus to take our place for shouldering the punishment of our sins due on us. She simply claimed she could not betray her own religion. I reassure her that her own religion as well as all other world religions are not bad but all serving the purpose of guiding people to be a good person. But as explained by the tract, being a good person alone is not good enough to make us perfect. We all have to face judgment after we die for our sin. Only Jesus incarnated as a perfect human being 2000 odd years ago who died for us was capable of paying for our sin with His sacrificial death. My mission is just to let her be aware of this redemption package offered by God. I am in no position to pressurize her to make an hasty immediate decision. Just take her time to ponder on the Gospel message and leave it to the work of the Holy Spirit to bring final conviction of faith in His Time.
B ) Brief records of Lin Hee Li’s today's divine encounters:
1) Tried to give an overseas student from China the evangelical pamphlet. He said he had received the pamphlet before. Then I chatted with him and introduced Jesus to him: Jesus died for our sins. But raised so that people believe can be at peace with God. He was willing to listen.
2) Two gay people refused to chat when i asked whether they knew Jesus. But then the one first rejected showed willingness to chat when I sat next to them for a short while. I told him in Jesus' time, he loved to meet people who were socially being rejected. Jesus accepted all people and loves us all. He then answered me his grandpa (aged 105) who died recently used to attend Church. He thought Grandpa lived his life in full and he loved him. We continued to chat further regarding his surgery recently. Bus arrived and he left with an appreciation that I would pray for him re his recent surgery.
3) Wo Tai, Vietnamese, different religion, Buddhism. He's got the pamphlet before. Explained to him Jesus died for our sins so that we can be at peace with God... I could see his heart soften. And said he understand what I said. But bus came. I said God loves blessing him. He nodded.
4) Talked to two overseas students (girls, one from China, the other from Taiwan). They said they haven't heard about Jesus. I had the chance to tell them Jesus's salvation. Encouraged them to attend University Fellowship by Power To Change.
C) Battle Log of Winnie
感謝 神今天的带领，雖然人流不是太多， 而且很多人都不願意聽福音及接受單張。神都给我遇到六人講解福音。六人中有四位是基督徒。其中有兩位不明白救恩。
第一位 Nolan, 澳洲青年，父親是牧師，自小在基督信仰家庭長大，他完全明白基督信仰及救恩。我問他願意上街傳福音嗎？將好消息傳给别人。他説沒有上街，但有傳福音给親戚朋友。
第二位 Amy, 從 Melbourne 來的中國女子，她説是基督徒，當我問及她的得救信仰，她不能回答。我問她願意將好消息傳给朋友嗎？她説沒有朋友。我從新將福音傳给她，希望她明白。
第三位 Alan, 澳洲青年。他不接受單張。在巴士未到之前，我盡快將福音傳给他。
第四位 Anna, 澳洲女士，基督徒。她明白救恩，願意接受我给她的福音單張 傳给别人。
第五位 Gary, 基督徒，來自PNG. 相片中。不明白救恩。他以為做善事，反教會和侍奉教會便可得救。我解释给他。
第六位 Jason, 中國來的 UQ 學生。聽了福音後，願意找教會，尋求更多真理。
願 神祝福 帶領今天所有聽到福音人仕，找到適合教會，永遠跟隨主。而其他的基督徒，願意遵行 神的大使命，將福音傳出去。阿們！感謝讚美主！
The last few months of evangelism in Toowoomba have been both challenging and encouraging.
On the encouraging front, we have never had so many Christians volunteer to labour with us for the first time. Sharing the Gospel with the people of our beautiful city is a wonderful privilege and seeing the passion in these newcomers is inspiring in so many ways.
On the challenging front, we experienced a number of difficult outreaches in this time, where the majority of people refuse tracts and don’t want to talk at all. On one particular outreach, I was able to give out 8 tracts in one hour. My teammate and I experienced a 90% refusal rate. Normally it’s around a 30% refusal rate.
The rest of our team had better numbers on that particular outreach, but each team member has experienced at least one tough outreach this semester. Whether it is in the indifference to the Gospel, stereotypical labelling or angry, rude refusals, we’re learning to crucify our pride and to trust in Him who loves us and loves our community. It’s very easy to idolise the acceptance of others but we’re progressively learning to lean on His unearned and never-failing acceptance of us through Christ.
On a related note, we had an interesting experience with an African street preacher this semester.
My team mate and I found a young African bloke preaching at the corner of Margaret and Ruthven, which has been a favourite spot for a number of street preachers over the years. We introduced ourselves and then asked him about his message.
S--- greeted us and said that he was preaching/reading from Romans 10. He then shared his testimony with us and how God had saved him in juvenile detention around the age of 15. It was a gripping story. He then told us how he demonstrates to people that Christianity is true. He said “I tell them that they can call out to the “gods/beings” of Islam, Hinduism, New Age etc, but because Jesus is the true Son of God, only He will actually save them from their situation. This is how we know God exists and that Christianity is true”.
In a remarkable display of humility, S--- then asked us “What do you think? Is there any way that I can improve on my approach?” I was surprised by his openness at first.
I gathered my thoughts and said to S--“I can see what you’re saying. But perhaps it’s better to tell people to come straight to Jesus first, rather than challenging them to try other religions? They will experience a lot of unnecessary pain as they find out the hard way that the religion is false. If we tell them to come to Jesus first and experience his saving/delivering power, then they can know him without all the brokenness that comes from road-testing false beliefs.”
S--- said that this approach made sense and that he would encourage people to come to Jesus first. We then chatted about a number of subjects, including church. He infrequently visits a church near his home and I urged him to relationally connect with this church family. I strongly advised that he get to know people there and to allow others to get to know him. I elaborated that the best way to do this is to join a small group and engage in the Church’s corporate worship.
S--- said that he would consider it and we parted on good terms.
One final interesting thing about this term is that one Saturday we came across a large group of protestors in the Toowoomba CBD. They were protesting the idea of mandatory vaccinations and were busy handing out leaflets to all who would take them. We exchanged literature with some members of the group, who appeared to be an intriguing mix of Christians and secular libertarians. As far as protestors go, they were quite friendly!
I’ve included some photos in this post.
This semester has been memorable for so many different reasons. Please pray for us as we welcome newcomers and seek to love and serve the people of our city.
Join us in praying for the Gospel to go forth, for people to be saved and for Jesus to receive all the glory.
On both Thursday and Friday I was in Christchurch city for outreach. I was also online, I wrote a separate report about that here.
I’ve only got 15 minutes of writing time left, and I’ve got so much to say. I’m not going to get to it all.
On Thursday afternoon, I had Craig, an evangelist from Wellington join me. Also, it was wonderful to have a local pastor join me as well! The three of us had a wonderful time of ministry.
I had a wonderful follow up opportunity with a young man (pictured with thumbs up) who I’ve talked to multiple times before (the 2nd time of which he excitedly told me how I had made him believe in God). He is clearly articulating why he would be going to heaven, but he is clearly not saved. There are zero shoots of growth spring from his life, and he is too busy to want to get involved with a church. There is zero fruit of repentance, so there can’t be any repentance. I challenged him on this. Again he took a contact card for my church, with my contact number on it. Later in the outreach, I saw him again, and he stopped to talk further. I’m going to start regularly praying for him.
Later in the outreach I stopped two young men (pictured). It was a wonderful chat. One of them, when he grasped the gospel, exclaimed, “Ohhhh, I get it now, that makes so much sense!” I then moved into my first checking question, and he got it wrong, when I explained why, he exclaimed, even more fervently, “Ohhhh, wow, …” They said there was nothing stopping them from trusting that Jesus died for them today, so I gave them contact cards for my church. Lord, save them!
On Friday, we were back outside the hospital for the gospel + abortion outreach. A team of six, and we had many wonderful opportunities to talk to people about both the gospel, and why abortion is wrong. Praise God.
A team of five were at the Bridge of Remembrance in the afternoon. Another newbie today, a look of joy was on his face as he heard testimony of the conversations, and while he was handing out tracts. So good to see! Oh Lord, continue to raise up labourers for the harvest. All glory to you alone!
It’s been a while since I’ve written a report. I’ve been enjoying responding to direct messages on Instagram too much! I still can’t get over the amount of opportunity God is trusting us with to engage people with the gospel. It’s a big responsibility. Please continue to pray for us.
I want to talk about one of those Instagram direct message conversations that I’ve had over the last few days. It’s been fascinating. I’ve learned so much from it.
So, here are some quotes from the early part of that conversation:
I think it just clicked
After all these years u just helped me so much!!
Thank you so much genuinely!!
Only Jesus Christ. You helped me realize that if I'm believing in Jesus Christ even if I sinned 10000x tomorrow and died, because of him taking my punishment of those sins I would've committed and will sometimes commit, I still go to heaven
Oh my gosh that's so insane
Idk how I've been over thinking it all these years
Wait wait wait
Gosh it just clicked and I almost forgot already 😂
If you're counting on anything other than Jesus Christ alone for the reason to go to heaven, then you aren't.
But obviously that doesn't mean you can't do good things, just don't be thinking that's the reason you're saved
Man you're genuinely doing the most important thing. Going after the one sheep (by texting me and others) while preaching to the whole world(social media)
Me: Join us, there will be sheep you can reach that we can't.
I'm seriously so excited rn!! I'm gonna go tell my family! I'll be gone for a little thank u so much!
Me: Right! So if doing good things doesn't play any part in getting you to heaven, why would you want to do good and not sin?
I'd do it to show God how grateful I am
Thank you genuinely so so so much. This is one of the bigger events in my life
So, that’s encouraging. But, the conversation continued and it turns out he is Mormon. So, I started explaining why he would not want to be a Mormon any more (because they don’t teach grace alone, faith alone) and would want to find a church that does teach that. Well, he was resistant to that idea, and he insisted that the Mormon church does teach the same thing. All my little tests to challenge that failed, e.g., does the Mormon church teach that you have to be baptised to be saved? His answer: No.
I thought for a while, and decided I needed to back up a bit, zoom out so we can look at the bigger picture. I needed to answer this question: why are we agreeing, when I know we don’t? So I looked at three things: 1) Who is God?, 2) What is Heaven and Hell?, and 3) How do we know we know what God said? I explained what I thought the answer was to those 3 questions, and he explained what he thought.
Instantly we hit important areas of disagreement. 1) I say there is 1 God: 1 in being, three in person: Father, Son (Jesus), Spirit. God is eternal. But he says the Father created the Son (Jesus). 2) Hell is a terrible place of justice and punishment, a lake of fire that goes forever, even the smallest of our sins means we deserve to go there. He says there are levels to heaven and hell, most people go to one of the levels in heaven, only the worst of the worst go to Hell. 3) I say it’s only the Bible, he adds the book of Mormon.
Zooming out like this made it really clear how he was misunderstanding the gospel. He didn’t understand the holiness of God, and the seriousness of sin - that it deserved eternal punishment. And, most critically, he didn’t understand who Jesus really is. Only the eternal, holy, God could pay an eternal hell fine. If Jesus is created, he is not eternal (and not God). The Jesus he is trusting in can’t save him!
I explained this, and gently, yet firmly held him to it.
The last message he sent asked for bible verses - which I gave him, I haven’t heard back from him within the last 24 hours.
I’m not an expert on Mormon theology, and I’ve always struggled to know how to get them to understand the true gospel. This conversation has really helped me with that.
Operation 513 Battle Log for Sunnybank on Wednesday June 23, 2021 from 1300 to 1500
Today our team was down back to the regular three , namely Johnny, Gary and Hung. Gary set up signs on both side of the road and he took position first on the Sunny Park East side of the bridge and Johnny & Hung worked together on the Sunnybank Plaza side at the bus stop with Gary joining us towards the ending hour of our ministry. It was a normal day with both rejections and some good chats with local Aussies, Korean, Taiwanese, and Vietnamese Australian born younger generations. We also met with Islamic people from East Africa, and Uygur of China and Hinduism people from India and Sri Lanka. So thanks and praise God to use us to be the light of the gentles of all nations. Recap below is my God led conversations.
1) Kalim is from an East African country he did want to disclose. He possibly is a Muslim but appeared very open to my sharing of the Gospel showing good receptiveness. He showed complete understanding of the Gospel and what Jesus did to die for us to take our place to receive the punishment of our sin. It would have been just a step away from receiving Jesus by grace through faith.
2) Helen a middle age lady from Shanghai and greeted me with warm smile claiming that she chatted with me a few month ago as such she fully recognized me. I then asked what was her result of reading the tract. She said she actually understood and in agreement with the gospel message that we all need Jesus to cleanse of our sins. Though she has not yet received Christ, she did attend church sporadically when she was in Sydney with her mum and brothers who are all church going Christians. After moving to Brisbane living near Garden City, she has been trying to look for a church. I recommended her to attend either the Sunnybank District Baptist Church or the South Side International Church both with a large Mandarin congregation with majority of members from China. She promised to make a move to join the church and let’s pray for her action of faith.
3) Kui kui is a student from Shanghai. He is an atheist rejecting to discuss anything about religion. But he still was willing to chat when I changed the approach to treat the Good Person question an a significant life issue, although he appeared very cool and emotionless while listening, God did soften his heart to follow the logic of the gospel message with no resentment. He finally took the tract when the bus came and pray for God’s continuous work on him.
4) Daniel a local Aussie who is Christian though not a church goer disguising as a non-Christian to hear what I was going to share with him. As soon as I knew he is a Christian, I posed the two diagnosis questions to check his assurance of salvation and he got it all right. So, he is a fair dinkum Christian but stopped going to church as a result of moving around for jobs. He admitted it is no good to not attend church and again I recommended both SDBC and SIC which he both had attended lately. I hope our long conversation would encourage and mobilize him to find a church for regular attendance.
5) Then I spoke to a Taiwan lady who appeared clam with not much emotional expression but politely listened to the gospel till the bus came. I could not be sure if she found the gospel appealing or not and I could leave it all to God.
6) Paul an Australian born Korean yet not a Christian. He has no religious view so again I share the Tract of “Are you a Good Person?” as an important life issue. He followed the logic and could not disagree with the assertion that we are all sinners that need Jesus as our saviour. Pray again for God’s follow up work.
7) Peter yet another Australian born Taiwanese. He actually had listened to our gospel sharing with other people around so he could give his responsive comment. Again, he could not argue the statement that we are all sinners needing Jesus as our Saviour. I asked him to read the tract and seek God’s revelation to guide his last step of faith to receive Christ as his personal Saviour.
( 8 ) Finally I approached a Uygur lady who answered me she is Chinese and was nominated to come to study as such she has a lot of constraint and restriction including not touching upon Christianity or other world religion. Despite of her outright rejection to hear the gospel, I still got a friendly short chat knowing above details about her but she still eventually chose to end the conversation and move away to avoid me. Pray that this unsuccessful approach still would bear God’s plan and will for that Islamic background young lady during her stay here in Australia.
Operation 513 Battle Log for Toowong on Tuesday June 22, 2021 from 1330 to 1500.
Today we had a bad start without any successful approach within 15 to 20 minutes in the beginning period. Johnny quickly resorted to extra prayer assembling us to pray to God asking Him to turn around the situation. It was really a lesson that God wanted us to learn that as a servant of God in street evangelism, nothing of our skill and experience will count if God does not open door for us to work with Him. We have to always humble ourselves to follow His guidance and be patience to let Him lead and open up opportunities according to His timing and plan.
After the extra prayer time, God did turn around the situation to let us picking up chat with more people even though stern rejection and hostile response against our approaches could still be experienced. Because of the initial slow people turn up rate and high rejection rate, I intentionally let Johnny and Winnie to grasp all gradually increasing chances first. As a result, I got fewer chats than normal conditions. My first successful chat was somewhat 30 to 40 minutes after we started. So, my Battle Log and Winnie’s one are recap as below: -
1) Shade an Indian girl whom I made a first successful approach. She appeared very friendly and open. I could take my time to share here the full Gospel and she seemed to be receptive to the gospel message admitting she is a sinner though regarded also as a good person. She did not show unwillingness to accept Christ before her bus arrived. So, I can only assume she will positively ponder to accept Jesus under the guidance of the Holy Spirit.
2) Anna and Aussie girl and another Indian origin Singaporean girl both showed no rejection to let me chat with them about the Gospel. Like the previous Indian girl, both appeared very open mind with true interest to listen attentively and understand what I share. It was a pity their bus came a bit too early before I could seek out their responses. But I believe God will take care of the rest.
3) Debbie yet another Indian girl but claimed to profess Hinduism. She told me she had received the tract and had a chat with one of us. I asked what was her impression about the tract if it is logical, rational and sensible. She said yes but seemed to think that her Hinduism belief was no big different from Christianity. When I asked her how salvation will be ministered to sinners like us then sh showed that actually her mindset was still blocked by Hinduism that as long as you follow the teaching to be a good person, you will be blessed and saved. It was again a big pity I could not have time to explain the differences between Christianity and Hinduism before the bus arrived. Let just pray for next time when we met.
4) A Vietnamese man showed no interest first to Winnie. As usual I made a second approach. He chatted with me a short while but still politely decline to have any more conversation on religion which I had to let go.
5) Then God vindicated my persistence to approach reluctance people on first approach by Winnie. It was two Chinese Student from Shanghai 上海. They had been chatting amongst themselves as such they did not want Winnie to interrupt them making a move to go to the far end of the bus stop to continue on with their chat. The Holy spirit moved me to make a 2nd approach and it turned out to be a success this time. I had time to share the full gospel and got positive response from both of them when the bus arrived. So again, I have to let God to do the follow up and harvesting job.
6) A Taiwanese Christian girl first approached by Winnie sharing her full gospel before knowing she is a Christian. Then she invited Johnny to join the conversation. He invited her to attend the Sherwood Methodist Church when he knew she has not attended any Chinese church here. I nevertheless took the chance to check about her assurance of salvation which was well passed.
第一位 Jean, 中國來的少女，當我講完福音，巴士到逹。
第六位，澳洲少女，當我傳福音给她，她開始咀咒 神 耶穌基督，説我是罪人，随處講耶穌。我回答她，我們的確是罪人，我傳福音目的是想救人的靈魂。神祝福妳，願妳平安。我便離開。
第七位 Jason, 中國青年，聽到這位澳洲女士大罵耶穌。當我傳福音给他時，他説是基督徒，我想测试他是否明白救恩，但巴士來到。
第八位 Anne, 中國來的 UQ 學生。初時不願意聽福音，後來我問及她，如果死後你知道往那裏去嗎？在緊急的時候，沒有人幫妳，妳會怎樣？她沒有回答。跟着 我傳講福音及見証给她。問她願意悔改信靠耶穌基督為救世主嗎？她説會認真想想。
第九及第十位 中國來的 UQ 學生，當我傳講福音给他們，他們不願意聽，説巴士來到，我以為他們真的上了巴士。當關牧師問及我這兩位青年人站在巴士站旁邊，我才醒覺他們還在，可能他們看錯巴士。便請關牧師向他們傳講福音吧！
第十一位 Nora 台湾來的少女。基督徒，不明白救恩，我解释救恩及講我的見証。我們很投合。因為她是台湾來的，便叫 Johnny 來，一起倾談。Johnny 介绍她到教會。關牧師也來到，講述長细的救恩及基督徒的生命歷程。